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The Weekly TV, Movie, & Games Discussion Post For Week Of March 24th, 2024

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Take look at the shows we've covered, games we're playing, and movies we're watching this week that may not show up elsewhere on the site.

We’re moving into April 2024 and it’s definitely not a place where a lot of people thought we’d be. With the fall TV season being pushed back due to the strikes, a lot of films delayed and being adjusted, and of course just the nature of seasonal broadcasts, it’s been pretty light lately. We’ve had a number of things we’ve checked out but a lot of what I’ve been doing is rewatching older stuff or spending time on holiday programming. Which isn’t actually a lot to talk about when you get down to it. So, to kick off this latest week, we want to highlight some of the things we’re looking forward to this month.

This week has been a busy week so I didn’t get a chance to get into anything new, and I’m not willing to spend any more time talking about Constellation, so we’ll talk a bit about Blackshore. I got to see the first episode of this as it’s been a bit since I’ve had a new recent cop drama piece and this six-episode Irish series is pretty par for the course. It has all the right basic elements with a “badass” cop that just breaks all the wrong rules who gets punished by being reassigned for awhile. That has her going back to her hometown she left twenty years ago and falls right into all the usual chaos as a body surfaces of someone she knew and all sorts of secrets start to surface. It’s a basic setup to be sure but I’m enjoying the locations and visuals since it’s not super-rural parts of Ireland and we get some characters with potential all while still getting the reinforcement of just how terrible most everyone is.

After launching with two episodes, we’re now digging into the third episode of X-Men ’97. The series is certainly speedrunning through story points from the comics but I’m enjoying having some of my favorite elements from the comics come alive here. Much like the first two episodes, there’s simply too much going on here but it delivers a lot of really enjoyable moments across the board. Marvel tends to play too much with clones in general but this one works well and is a big part of setting up so many other things in the comics. The action plays out really well throughout this, the use of Sinister is spot on and done well, and the clash of Jean versus her clone is a great moment that reminds what kind of true power she has. There’s a lot to like and we get so many fun character moments throughout that I’m excited to see what’s next – even if it doesn’t take enough time to breathe and let it truly resonate.

Check out our full review.

This past week also saw the eighth episode of the final season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Variations on the Force have long been a staple of Star Wars and I enjoyed watching as Ventress connects with things a bit here when it comes to Omega. It touches on the familiar but her approach and style give it a flair of its own. And Omega has a good parallel to Luke in a comical way that makes me smile here. The big part that I like is that Ventress talks about how Omega’s time with the rest of her group is what may be holding her back as they’re honing her on the military side but unable to give her what she needs to sense and engage with the Force. So when she does see Ventress use it – in a light and beautiful way – it definitely touches her and makes her realize that she may be holding back. It’s an intriguing final test that’s hard for the ‘Batch to watch unfold but is definitely important for Omega to understand in different ways just what the Force can be and do. Again, I won’t call this a redemption episode for Ventress, but it is an important episode for the character and fans of her.

Check out our full review.

Kestrel steps in on the film side this week as well with a look at the Rascal Does Not Dream (Double Feature) release. After peaking in 2019 with Dreaming Girl, this franchise gives us a pair of films that don’t quite earn their status as ostensibly standalone features, but function well enough as a two-parter as pieces of the larger franchise. The first is light in substantial conflict and stakes while the latter is perhaps too packed with supernatural chaos, but they work well as character pieces with a blend of equally successful humor, tension, and pathos. The films will be released together in theaters nationwide on March 24 and 25. Thanks to Aniplex for inviting me to this event.

Check out our full review.

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  2. Rascal Does Not Dream Double Feature Review
  3. The Marvels Review
  4. The Zone of Interest Review
  5. GREAT PRETENDER razbliuto Anime Movie Review
  6. Night of the Comet Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD Review
  7. Hayao Miyazaki Says ‘Farewell’ with “The Boy and the Heron”
  8. The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes Review
  9. The Canterville Ghost
  10. Animation Is Film 2023: The Spider Within: A Spider-Verse Story
  11. Animation Is Film 2023: Phoenix: Reminiscence of Flower
  12. Animation Is Film 2023: The Concierge Review
  13. Animation Is Film 2023: The Boy and the Heron
  14. The Inventor
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review
  16. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Film Review
  17. Shazam! Fury of the Gods Review
  18. Justice League: Warworld Blu-ray Review
  19. The Little Mermaid
  20. The Boxtrolls Review
  21. Kubo and the Two-Strings Review
  22. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Review
  23. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – The First Kiss That Never Ends Anime Movie Review
  24. Sword Art Online The Movie – Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night Movie Review
  25. Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island
  26. Missing Review
  27. The Whale Review
  28. Point of No Return Review
  29. Blonde Review
  30. Wendell & Wild
  31. Clerks III Review
  32. Luck Review
  33. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  34. Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
  35. Hustle Review
  36. Top Gun: Maverick Review
  37. The Bob’s Burgers Movie Review
  38. Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers Review
  39. Stu’s Show Review
  40. Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition Review
  41. Bubble Anime Review
  42. Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis Anime Review
  43. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review
  44. Turning Red Review
  45. The Batman Review
  46. Belle Review
  47. Drive My Car Review
  48. The Power of the Dog Review
  49. Robin Robin Review
  50. BoxBallet Review
  51. Bestia Review
  52. Eternals Review
  53. Encanto Review
  54. 8-Bit Christmas Review
  55. Music Box: Jagged Review
  56. Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review
  57. Tick, Tick…BOOM! Review
  58. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Review
  59. Free Guy Review
  60. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission Review
  61. Dune (2021) Review
  62. Black Widow
  63. Jungle Cruise Review
  64. As the Village Sleeps Review
  65. Space Jam: A New Legacy Review
  66. A Quiet Place Part II Review
  67. Knots: A Forced Marriage Story Review
  68. School-Live! The Movie Blu-ray Review
  69. In the Heights Review
  70. Over the Moon Review
  71. Feeling Through Review
  72. Two Distant Strangers review
  73. Yes-People Review
  74. A Love Song for Latasha Review
  75. If Anything Happens I Love You Review
  76. Burrow Review
  77. Godzilla vs Kong
  78. Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Review
  79. Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Preview
  80. Raya and the Last Dragon Review
  81. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run Review
  82. The Little Things Review
  83. In Other Words Review
  84. Earwig and the Witch Review

What did you watch this past week?

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